Discovery and development of a new drug for the treatment of dementia

Impact: Economic and/or Commercial

Description of impact

Dementia is a growing global health problem in need of medical treatments. Pioneering research led by the University of Aberdeen has led to the development of the drug, hydromethylthionine, a potential ‘game-changer’ for the long-term management and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Building on the initial commercialisation reported in the REF2014 case study, the award-winning company TauRx has expanded its research team from 38 to 68 scientists and attracted investment totalling more than [ text removed for publication] since August 2013. The claimed impact is the provision of clinical benefit to individuals, growth of an international company with established presence worldwide (creating new employment and a new joint venture) and the demonstration of pharmacologic activity of a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia.

Outcomes to Date / Future Developments

The impact for this case study falls into three categories: health benefits, commercial impact, and intellectual property.
Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)
Impact date19982021
Category of impactEconomic and/or Commercial
Stage of ImpactAdoption


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